Legislators discuss a bill to mandate pre-abortion counseling

It’s an issue lawmakers face every year.  The abortion debate has not only been divisive, but at times contentious.  Now, a bill requiring women to seek counseling before undergoing an abortion moves closer to final approval.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted six to one today to pass the measure.  The bill, introduced by Senator Roger Hunt, would require women to visit pregnancy help centers and learn about abortion risks 72 – hours before an abortion.  Some of the women who testified today said they were forced into having an abortion and never received counseling or other options upon visiting a clinic.

But, Senator Stan Adelstein of Rapid City said the bill is flawed.

“There is no provision at all for exceptions for rape or incest; It’s absolutely outrageous,” said the District 32 Senator.

Opponents said the bill allows the government to interfere with a woman and her doctor.

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